Note: conditions vary according to employer and region.
Mechanics in the mining sector use computerized diagnostic equipment to test, adjust and repair key vehicle components such as engines, steering systems, braking systems, drive trains, vehicle suspensions and electrical systems. They also reassemble and test repaired items against manufacturer standards, as well as perform preventative maintenance such as wheel alignments, oil changes and tune-ups. They have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of equipment and machinery, which can be challenging and rewarding. This career can be demanding as Mechanics are often on their feet or bent over in uncomfortable positions most of the day. In some cases, they may have to lift up to 23 kg (50 lbs) (based on job research, 2014) and occasionally use cranes and hoists for lifting.